Winter Escape to the Grand Canyon - Chicago Round-trip
This winter, escape to the warmth of America's southwest and the beauty of one of the world's top natural attractions, the Grand Canyon.
This winter, escape to the warmth of America's southwest and the beauty of one of the world's top natural attractions, the Grand Canyon. Your 6-day train vacation begins in Chicago, where you'll board Amtrak's Southwest Chief for Flagstaff, Arizona. From there, catch the historic Grand Canyon Railway for your journey to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and incredible sightseeing at one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Your winter rail vacation, ideal in the off-season because of fewer travelers visiting U.S. National Parks and their attractions, includes round-trip travel on Amtrak's Southwest Chief, roundtrip travel on the Grand Canyon Railway, hotel accommodations, sightseeing at the Grand Canyon, and more!
Highlights and Inclusions
- Roundtrip transportation aboard Amtrak's Southwest Chief (2 nights onboard train)
- Hotel accomodations for 3 nights
- Meals on the train when upgrading to private sleeping accommodations
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Dinner and breakfast at the Railway's Fred Harvey Restaurant
- The Grand Canyon Railway
- Motorcoach South Rim tour
Day 1 - Depart Chicago aboard Amtrak's Southwest Chief
Arrive Chicago Union Station and board Amtrak's Southwest Chief early this afternoon for your overnight journey to Flagstaff, AZ.
Day 2 - Southwest Chief to Flagstaff, Arizona
The sun rises as you leave Kansas' snow-covered plains behind and enter southern Colorado. Start your day with a visit to the Sightseer Lounge, the best location to take in the passing scenery and socialize with your fellow travelers. By lunchtime, the changing scenery indicates you have left the snow behind and are in the heart of the warmer, sunnier southwest. A little before 4:00 pm, the Southwest Chief pulls into Albuquerque. Take some time to disembark the train, stretch your legs, and enjoy the warmer weather-a welcome treat in the middle of winter. The train continues its journey at 4:45 pm and arrives in Flagstaff, Arizona approximately 9:30 pm this evening. A shuttle will transfer you from the rail station to your hotel. Overnight Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. (B, L, D Sleeping Car Passengers only)
Day 3 - Historic Grand Canyon Railway Train
Start your first morning in the southwest with a hearty breakfast at the Fred Harvey Restaurant. Then board the vintage rail cars of the Grand Canyon Railway for the journey to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. You'll travel the same route as other notable Railway passengers before you including William Howard Taft, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Clark Gable, Jimmy Durante, and Doris Day. The historic Grand Canyon Railway was originally built more than a century ago to transport ore in the Wild West. Upon arrival at the Grand Canyon Village, check into your hotel before embarking on a Freedom Tour of the Grand Canyon. This narrated motorcoach tour of the South Rim visits the most scenic overlooks of the canyon, with stops at breathtaking vistas including Mohave Point, Pima Point, The Abyss, and Hermits Rest. Overnight Maswik Lodge. (B)
Day 4 - Grand Canyon at Your Leisure
Spend the morning exploring the South Rim on your own. There are several historical buildings worth visiting including Buckey O'Neill's Cabin, the longest continually standing structure in the South Rim; Desert View Watchtower with one of the few views of the bottom of the Canyon and the Colorado River; and Bright Angel Lodge, which includes a small museum honoring Fred Harvey who played a prominent role in popularizing the Grand Canyon. This afternoon, board the Grand Canyon Railway southbound to Williams, where you will have dinner at the Fred Harvey Restaurant. Overnight Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. (D)
Day 5 - Southwest Chief Chicago-bound
Wake-up early and transfer to Flagstaff to catch Amtrak's Southwest Chief bound for Chicago. As you leave the warm weather behind you, you may elect to nap, read a book, or spend the day marveling at the canyons, deserts, mountains, missions, pueblos, and ranches that comprise the colorful scenery. Overnight train. (B, L, D Sleeping Car passengers only)
Day 6 - Arrive at Chicago's Union Station
Snow-covered prairies welcome you to the Midwest as you wake-up this morning. Leisurely prepare for your 3:15 pm arrival in Chicago. You may elect to extend your stay in the Windy City to take advantage of all of the winter activities the city has to offer.
Itinerary is also available from Los Angeles to the Grand Canyon.
For additional dates please see Grand Canyon Railway Rails to the Rim Adventure.
Rail Your Way
Add more flexibility to your rail vacation by choosing when and where to begin and end your vacation. Whether you want to go east to west, west to east, north to south, south to north, start at the beginning, travel the reverse itinerary or begin in the middle, Rail Your Way allows you to tailor make your rail vacation so you can have the experience you want.
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and Maswik Lodge.
Amtrak accommodations are available in Coach class, Roomette and Bedroom.
Coach accommodations include a reclining seat with leg rest.
Roomette accommodations include a private cabin featuring two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, converting to an upper and lower berth at night.
Bedroom accommodations feature a sofa and chair by day, and upper and lower berth by night. Bedroom accommodations also include a sink and self-enclosed toilet and shower.
All travelers have access to the Sightseer Lounge. Roomette and Bedroom accommodations include all meals aboard the train.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be similar in quality and amenities.
+Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.
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Dates & Prices
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|Departs Daily between 1st November 2019 and 31st March 2020||$1,195||
|Departs Daily between 1st November 2020 and 31st December 2020||$1,225||
|Departs Daily between 1st November 2019 and 31st March 2020||$1,899||
|Departs Daily between 1st November 2020 and 31st December 2020||$2,025||
|Departs Daily between 1st November 2019 and 31st March 2020||$2,745||
|Departs Daily between 1st November 2020 and 31st December 2020||$2,975||
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Amtrak Coach: Departs daily between 1st November 2019 and 31st March 2020 from $1,195, daily between 1st November 2020 and 31st December 2020 from $1,225
Amtrak Roomette: Departs daily between 1st November 2019 and 31st March 2020 from $1,899, daily between 1st November 2020 and 31st December 2020 from $2,025
Amtrak Bedroom: Departs daily between 1st November 2019 and 31st March 2020 from $2,745, daily between 1st November 2020 and 31st December 2020 from $2,975
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Prices are per person based on double occupancy, tax included. Prices are are correct at the time of this web page being published; yet, are subject to confirmation at time of booking. Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.